A Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy has been found dead inside a communal bin, with a broken neck and puncture wounds.
The dog, believed to be just four months old, was found by a member of the public inside a bin on Wilton Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
The puppy, described as a tan colour, had been wrapped in a cloth, before being placed in a cardboard box and then put in the bin.
The animal was not micro-chipped and was found covered in blood, with a broken neck and leg, as well as puncture wounds.
The RSPCA are now appealing for information.
RSPCA inspector John Groarke, said:
Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 124 8018.